Explorer Profile: Hector García

Hector García is the author of “A Geek in Japan” and creator of the website by the same name. Born in Spain, Hector is a software engineer and a self-proclaimed geek, who lives in Japan. His blog is one of the most-read blogs in the world in the Spanish language. He’s now working on his third book about his experiences in Japan and he loves taking pictures.

Although Hector has never visited Gunkanjima, he has been to other haikyo, such as an abandoned hospital in the outskirts of Tokyo. Still, he did write an article about the island, so I wanted to find out what his motivations are to visit and why he hasn’t done so yet.

Here is his answer:

Gunkanjima is probably the most expectacular one of the Japanese haikyos, that is why I have interest in going there. The problem is that it is very expensive to go to Gunkanjima from Tokyo, and also it seems there are so many restrictions on the visit that it is not a very enjoyable experience. I like the freedom of “exploring” as I want.  – Hector García

He brings up a very good point. One of the attractions of urbex is to go and leave as you please, but transportation to the island takes money; also, Gunkanjima is accessible only during 100 days in a year, which are reaching weather standards. These are the standards that would prevent from using the landing pier:

1. When the wind blows over than 5 meters/second.
2. When the waves are higher than 50cm.
3. When visibility is under than 500 meters around.
*Even though upper standards would be achieved, the landing on the island would be canceled in case the ship commander judged it too risky for passengers, according to http://www.gunkanjima-concierge.com/en

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